Published
Land-BasedCasinoLegal & RegulatoryIndustry

Final report into The Star's crimes handed to Attorney-General

The state Attorney-General for Queensland has been handed the final report into illegal operations carried out at The Star Casinos. 

the star entertainment australia sydney
Listen To Article

The casino group, which owns the Treasury Brisbane and The Star Gold Coast, has found itself in a maelstrom of difficulties since an investigation found it guilty of a litany of crimes: including money laundering, organised crime, foreign interference and fraud.

The initial report by Adam Bell led to The Star being handed a show notice from the New South Wales Independent Casino Commission (NICC), with NICC Chief Commissioner Philip Crawford describing the findings as “quite frankly, shocking.”

Following the allegations, Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman ordered an inquiry into the company – the final report of which has now been given to Fentiman. 

Upon getting the report, the Attorney-General said: "Today I have received the final report from the external review of the Queensland operations of The Star Entertainment Group from the Honourable Robert Gotterson KC. The cabinet will now consider the report."

According to The Canberra Times, the inquiry heard that The Star allowed some banned people into its casinos because of individual connections to organised crime, even allegedly pursuing some by handing down free luxury accommodation, a Rolex watch and free private plane trips.

Meanwhile, The Star staff were also said to have hidden AU$55m (US$35m) in illegal gambling transactions from China’s UnionPay.

The news follows the temporary CEO of Star, Geoff Hogg, resigning from the company this week.

The operator’s board has accepted his resignation. However, a final departure date is yet to be determined. 


Casino News Sponsor
Premium+ Connections
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium
 
Premium Connections
Consultancy
Executive Profiles
Nederlandse Loterij
Relax Gaming
Hoiana Resort & Golf
Tipico
Follow Us

Facing Facts: Q1 2024 analysis from across the globe

Gambling Insider tracks the Q1 results of operators across t...

Taking Stock: A guide to sports betting operator and supplier prices

Gambling Insider tracks sports betting operator and supplier...

Tailor-made: The power of personalisation in the modern gaming industry

With insights from GR8 Tech, Greentube and the Oregon Lotter...

Sportradar and the Taiwan Sports Lottery: More offerings, greater efficiency

Danny Fok, VP of Strategic Projects at Sportradar, speaks al...